1940. Item #A6044
Austin, A. Everett, Jr. Night Scenes: An Exhibition of the Wadsworth Atheneum. Hartford, 1940. p, many ills. printed by Meriden Gravure. Good paperbound (cover soil, light stain to one page). Cover title is formed from die-cut letters, four of which have lost the strips that separate them so the letters run together. The openings reveal black endpapers printed with silver stars. One of 400 copies. ** Loan exhibition catalogue of 80 European, American, and Russian nocturnal paintings from the Renaissance on, also a few works on paper. Despite the unavailability of loans from wartime Europe, Austin managed to put together "one of his most mysterious and beautiful" shows, filled with "stunning works." He compared the Baroque night-time paintings "to the rise of the theater with its dramatic stage lighting." Quotes from Gaddis, "Magician of the Modern." Can be sent outside the U.S. for less than the default shipping rate.